‘1979 Revolution’ & the End of ‘Life Is Strange’

‘1979 Revolution’ & the End of ‘Life Is Strange’

Two games are played. One ascends to the Shall We Play a Game? canon. The other is tossed onto the ash heap of history. For newcomers to “Life Is Strange,” a spoiler-free verdict of the entire series begins at 20:55. The spoiler ’cast for the fifth and final episode of “Life Is Strange” begins at 24:52.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

The first act of “Quantum Break”

SHOW NOTES:

Join the “Shall We Play a Game?” Steam community

Follow the “Shall We Play a Game?” Steam Curators page

Review us on iTunes

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New York Times Magazine writer Clive Thompson: What I Play

New York Times Magazine writer Clive Thompson: What I Play

Clive Thompson, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired and the author of the book “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” talks about how fatherhood changed what video games he plays, how “World of Warcraft” almost ruined his life, and why “Mario Bros.” is better than “Super Mario Bros.” Then (at 40:00), JJ talks about his “Clash Royale” addiction. And (at 47:08) Chris tries to rebut Clive’s notion that the designers of games like “Gone Home” are backward-looking prisoners of noninteractive media.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“1979 Revolution” & Episode 5 of “Life Is Strange”

SHOW NOTES:

“The ‘Minecraft’ Generation,” Clive Thompson’s New York Times Magazine cover story

Steven Poole’s “Working for the Man: Against the Employment Paradigm in Videogames”

“How Microsoft Labs Invented a New Science of Play,” Clive’s Wired cover story on ‘Halo 3’

Clive’s book, “Smarter Than You Think”

Tristan Harris: Ethics for Designers

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HTC Vive & ‘Clash Royale’

HTC Vive & ‘Clash Royale’

On setting up an HTC Vive Pre, playing the VR adventure game “The Gallery: Call of the Starseed,” and crawling around on the floor while playing “Unseen Diplomacy.” Then (at 24:00), why the best thing about Nintendo’s “Miitomo” mobile app is that it got us playing Supercell’s “Clash Royale.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Episode 4 of “Life Is Strange”

SHOW NOTES:

The Neewer light stands Chris uses for his Vive base stations

The “Shall We Play a Game?” Steam community

The “Shall We Play a Game?” Steam Curators page

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Who Shot Alison Rapp? Plus ‘Life Is Strange’ & ‘Witcher 3’

Who Shot Alison Rapp? Plus ‘Life Is Strange’ & ‘Witcher 3’

Kotaku reporter Patrick Klepek talks with Chris and JJ about his reporting on Alison Rapp, a Nintendo employee who was fired for moonlighting, according to the company. Rapp also was the target of a sustained campaign of online harassment. Was she a victim of the video-game culture wars?

Then (at 28:51), we have a spoiler-y discussion of Episode 3 of “Life Is Strange,” followed by a toe-dip (at 39:26) into our progress in “The Witcher 3.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

The release of the HTC Vive & the return of “Baldur’s Gate”

SHOW NOTES:

“The Ugly New Front in the Neverending Video Game Culture War” by Patrick Klepek

Klepek’s Kotaku report on Alison Rapp’s departure from Nintendo

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